Value Creation with Mobility & Telematics Service Sector

Contributing to the realization of a secure and safe automobile society

Corresponding SDGs


In Japan today, traffic accidents occur at a rate of approximately 310,000 incidents per year, resulting in approximately 30,000 fatalities and serious injuries *. Traffic volume has decreased since last year, and traffic accidents themselves are on a downward trend. However, countermeasures against traffic accidents involving reckless driving and children and elderly people are an urgent issue.

In addition, in recent years, the automobile industry has been required to carry out drastic reforms toward decarbonization. It is also an important initiative for automobiles currently running in the city to avoid accidents and traffic jams, to drive efficiently, and to reduce GHG emissions. In SDGs Goal 3 "Good health and wellbeing" and Goal 11 " Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable", which the JVCKENWOOD Group emphasizes, require halving traffic accidents and improving traffic safety. In addition, Goal 13 "Climate action" literally requires concrete measures for reducing GHG emissions.

The JVCKENWOOD Group recognizes that the realization of a safe and secure automobile society free from traffic accidents and traffic congestion is an important issue to be tackled.

* National Police Agency “Occurrence of fatal traffic accidents and enforcement of Road Traffic Act violations in 2020” (Released on February 18, 2021)


In recent years, automobile users have become more aware of safety and security, and drive recorders are rapidly becoming widespread. JVCKEWOOD combines its long experience of in-vehicle technology with video and optical technology to achieve high-functionality, high-reliability, and high-quality recording, which are essential for drive recorders that support safe driving, and has captured a leading share of the market. (Phase 1)

Equipped with the LTE (4G) communication function, the drive recorders directly transmit recorded images, driving information such as sudden acceleration and deceleration, and position information to the cloud server, supporting safe driving, managing driving information that helps avoid traffic jams, and responding quickly in the event of an accident. (Phase 2)

Furthermore, JVCKENWOOD aims to expand its next-generation IoT platform services business by leveraging its strengths in video, audio, and wireless technologies, which has cultivated over the years, in anticipation of major changes in the automotive industry that "connectedness". We aim to create new value by expanding our mobility and telematics services business, which provides safety and security to drivers, by making best use of various data obtained from in-vehicle IoT devices such as drive recorders. (Phase 3)


Mid-Term Growth Scenario for Mobility and Telematics Services Business


Dashcams linked to navigation systems

The linking of front and rear dashcams with the navigation system achieves high-definition simultaneous recording of both the front and back of the vehicle via smart connection to JVCKENWOOD’s navigation system, Saisoku-Navi. Furthermore, installing our virtual rearview mirror makes it possible to check the surroundings at the back of the vehicle even in situations of poor visibility, such as when rear-seat passengers or luggage are blocking the driver’s view, during the night, or in bad weather, thus helping to reduce the percentage of accidents. We also offer a diverse range of dashcams, including a model with high-resolution WQHD that provides high-definition recording at 1.8 times the quality of full-HD recording, a model with wireless LAN to easily send the recorded footage to smartphones, and a model with enhanced monitoring and recording functions while the vehicle is parked. We support safer and more comfortable driving experiences by attentively answering customer needs, thus reducing the anxieties felt when driving, starting and parking the vehicle.


Characteristic of dashcams linked to navigation systems (1)

Characteristic of dashcams linked to navigation systems (2)


Telematics insurance service using telecommunication-type dashcam

JVCKENWOOD’s dashcams with communication capabilities are adopted in the telematics auto insurance services: “GK Automobile Insurance (with dashcam)” provided by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited and “TOUGH mimamoru automobile insurance” provided by Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. We enhance the safety of drivers by offering Emergency Automatic Notification Service that enables, when detecting an accident or a strong impact, automatic transmission of location information and images of when the strong impact was detected and that contributes to a prompt and proper initial response. We also install safe driving support functions in vehicles.


Telecommunication-type dashcam (*Sample image)


Taxi IoT Dispatch System CABmee

The taxi radio dispatch system had conventionally been offered under the KENWOOD brand. Given rapid IoT developments in the taxi industry, however, JVCKENWOOD initiated the development of a new next-generation taxi dispatch system. And in September 2018, we began providing CABmee, a next-generation IoT taxi dispatch system, which is an integrated system that includes from a taxi dispatch mechanism using the cloud to a car navigation function and an in-vehicle system that displays taxi dispatch information.

CABmee is designed around the cloud, linking the operator system, the in-vehicle system and the passenger’s taxi hailing app. The expandability and flexibility of this product enable features such as database management using the cloud and easy linkage with maps and car navigation systems. Instead of being the sole provider of the services related to CABmee, JVCKENWOOD is pursuing development through collaborating with other manufacturers and system developers as well as providing platforms while seeking more of such opportunities. As part of these efforts, JVCKENWOOD partnered with Minnano Taxi Corporation and started linking CABmee to Minnano Taxi’s taxi dispatch app, S.RIDE, in March 2020. Tokyo-based taxi operators, who make up the majority of Minnano Taxi shareholders, have a fleet of more than 10,000 taxi cabs, the largest in Tokyo. The S.RIDE app enables its users to call the nearest taxi from Tokyo’s largest taxi network with only a swipe of a finger. As a result of linking CABmee with S.RIDE, taxi operators that are already using CABmee can now dispatch taxi cabs via S.RIDE in addition to CABmee’s phone or app-based dispatch system, thereby increasing the number of service requests.

 

JVCKENWOOD will leverage the linking of CABmee and S.RIDE to provide taxi operators with highly convenient services and offer customers a safe, secure and comfortable travel experience. The aim is to provide services that will lift mobility to greater heights than ever before.